Restoration and regeneration of historic railway stations and structures to provide 21st century facilities for rail customers, and business and leisure accommodation for non-rail industry related organisations all feature in the twenty-sixth Annual Report of the RAILWAY HERITAGE TRUST, published today, Wednesday 12th October, and available at

Sponsored by Network Rail and BRB (Residuary) Ltd, the Trust supports conservation and restoration projects on historic buildings, bridges and viaducts in all parts of the national railway network, working in partnership with local authorities, other railway companies and their tenants.

In 2010/11, the Trust supported 60 projects by grants worth £1.86m.

These projects attracted partnership funding of £2.47m, from partners including the Department for Transport, the Scottish Government, County, Borough, Town, District and Parish Councils, European Development Funding, Train Operating Companies, Enterprise, Community, Renaissance and Development Agencies, Companies, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Charities, Voluntary Groups and Individuals.

Significant projects included: Grant
Stoke-on-Trent – restoration of station buildings £200,000
Derby – restoration of south wing of original station building £140,000
Liverpool Lime Street – public realm improvements to front of station £100,000
Bath Spa – reconstruction of demolished canopy on south   elevation of station £85,000
Ridgmont – regeneration of station buildings £85,000
Queenstown Road – restoration of station booking office     and hall £75,000
Newcastle-upon-Tyne – heritage fencing to West End car     park at station £75,000
Berwick-upon-Tweed – floodlighting of Royal Border Bridge £70,000


Notes to Editors

In its twenty-sixth year, the Railway Heritage Trust has made another significant contribution to the conservation of the nation’s railway heritage. The Trust made grants totalling £1.86m to 60 projects, ranging from a major restoration project at Stoke-on-Trent through to the provision of a plaque at St Pancras Station. The wide range of projects included reinstating the demolished south entrance canopy at Bath Spa, restoring the historic lift and its shaft at the same station, floodlighting the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick-upon-Tweed, providing a new cast-iron parapet over the Thames at Barnes Bridge, restoring a vandalised war memorial at Derby, and funding an artist’s studio in Fife.

These and the many other grants mean that the Trust has awarded 1,283 grants worth £39.9m in its 26 years’ history. These projects have attracted external contributions of £49.0m from partners other than the Trust and its sponsors.

The Railway Heritage Trust is an independent company limited by guarantee. Headed by a Board under the Chairmanship of Sir William McAlpine, Bt, it is supported by an Advisory Panel with an extensive background in heritage and environmental issues. Its objectives are:

-To support the conservation and enhancement of listed or historic buildings and structures owned by Network Rail and BRB (Residuary) Ltd.

-To act as a facilitator between outside parties and the Trust’s sponsors on the conservation and alternative uses of listed or historic non-operational property.

There is a list of the projects undertaken in the last financial year on pages 30 and 31 of the Annual Report. This list also gives full details of partnership contributions.

Media Enquiries: Please contact Andy Savage, Executive Director, or Malcolm Wood, Company Secretary, on 020 7557 8090.